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blames the united states and israel for the assassination of one of its nuclear scientists. the bomb attack now ratcheting up tensions and iran's nuclear standoff with the west. i'm wolf blitzer in cnn's command center, for breaking news, politics and extraordinary reports from around the world. you're in "the situation room." >>> all that coming up, but this just coming into "the situation room." a new breach of airline security, this time it's a potential health threat, not a terror threat. u.s. airways now confirms a person on the cdc's do not board list flew from philadelphia to san francisco on saturday. let's go to our senior medical correspondent elizabeth cohen. what happened here? >> someone somewhere along the way dropped the ball. the way it words is the centers for disease control has a list of people who they think are basically a threat to public health, shouldn't be on a plane. this person was apparently on that list, the cdc gives the list to the tsa. the tsa is supposed to give that list to individual airlines, but something went wrong here. i find this next part a b
the united states to have at least one corridor of substantial length that's served by a japanese or a european-style high-speed railroad? >> i think it's important that first off we wait and see what is applied for. you know, obviously i can't start commenting on what we're going to do until applications come forward and are weighed, you know, graded and then approved but clearly again i think we understand the need to ensure that we have very tangible, very, you know, substantial successes. and, you know, clearly again our vision is to follow the model of what the europeans have advanced. you know, keep in mind, when when the system in spain first opened up, you know, again ms. fleming talked about how essentially they begin with one trunk line, they did. they began with their one trunk line. essentially it was six to eight trains a day run being 125 miles an hour and from that they were so successful that they incrementally made the improvements that got them to roughly 20 trains a day at speeds of 200 miles an hour. so this is going to take a buildout, you know, a buildout muc
is highly unlike in the case of the united states. it is potentiay possible in the case of rael. we know th the united states, starting under the george w. bush administrion, has had a reportedly $400 million cove program to support gups in iran engaged in activiti to destabize the islamic republic i suppose you codn't completely rule out the possility that a group that is receivingupport from u.s. intelligence might have rried out th aassination of this professor intehran, but i would be very surprised t learn that they had bee explicitly directed to do so b the cia or any other part of the u.s. telligence community. that would be a violation of both american law and longstanding policy t to participate inoreign assassinatio. in the case of israel, there a track record that israeli intelligence wl arrangeor engage in, pticipate in assainations of foreign nationals that they believe constitute a threat to israeli interests. ibviously don't ow that that was the case. in t assassinatio of this iranianprofessor. but there certainly is that histor there. >> talk in a bit more detail what the u.
by terrorists against the united states. it disturbs me a little when i think that we are too eager to say there's no longer a war on terror because we're no longer at war with terrorists. i believe we are at war with terrorists. i believe they continue to declare war against us and continue to train for it. they continue to implement terrorist schemes, whether it be in the middle east or attempt to carry the schemes out in the united states. i think we should understand that. if we do, we maximize the effort we put into intelligence and gathering information that can disrupt them and we adopt policies that don't assist them, don't expose what we know to them, because every time we increase what we share with the terrorists through our information that we hand out in the world generally, it makes the terrorists a bit more capable. >> neil: we are learning, general, speaking to you at the detroit metro airport, authorities are questioning three to five passengers from saudi arabia about this incident. there's a connection beyond what we fear and again, on a flight coming from abroad here, what do
of the united states. crude oil closing below $81 a barrel. coming up, the outlook for the biotech interest with an exclusive interview with gilead ceo john martin. and hyatt hotels executive tom prisker on the state of the travel and leisure industry. the dow jones industrial average on the down side by 37 points, well off the lows of the afternoon to close down 0.3%. s&p down 10 points, 1136. nasdaq lost better than 1% to finished at 2282. more action from scott whopner. >> you could point to a number of different stories. add them together and the markets are under pressure today. started after the closie ining yesterday after the disappointing results from alcoa. material stocks under pressure throughout the day. i'm not just talking about aluminum stocks but steel and mining stocks under pressure as well. you see that move to the downside. down 11% for alcoa. look at the material stocks as well. the weakest performers in the market, you saw names like aluminum corp of china, nucor and freeport-mcmoran. sharply lower because of refining margins, exxonmobil, total and petrobras down. oil
are not grounded in prejudice and at the time the republican president of the united states said the senator should go as well. >> shannon: the democrats say there is no way you could probably compare the two situations. here is what robert gibbs said about trying to equate reid's remarks to lotts. >> i would suggest they spend about 20 seconds reading a little history and figuring out that to draw that analogy strains any intellectual enterprise. >> shannon: from the other side of the aisle we have texas senator john cornen who said it is difficult to see the situation as anything other than a clear double standard on the part of senate democrats and others. democrats expressed outrage at senator lott and called on him to step down as leader. the same standard should be applied to senator reid and his embarrassing and racially insensitive statements. >> shepard: shannon, good to see you, thank you. >>> the fort hood incident. before it they questioned his confidence and behavior and questioned his highwayialty to our nation. but military doctors still gave positive evaluations of dr. nadalp.hasan.
, and there are reports that some buildings have collapsed. raymond joseph is haiti's ambassador to the united states. he joins us on the phone. mr. ambassador, thank you for joining us. >> well, thank you, good night and it's a pleasure and a tough situation for me to be on the air tonight. >> couric: well, what can you tell us, mr. ambassador. what are you hearing about what has happened in haiti from residents there? >> i was able to reach the secretary general to the presidency mr. fritz longchamp, the only official i was able to contact. and he told me he was driving his car east from port-au-prince to a suburb east of the capital and buildings started to collapse on both sides of the streets so he had to park his car and start walking. and it was just at that instant that i found him. he said it is aÑi catastrophe of major proportions. that's his own words. and he told me he was not able to reach any official, not the president nor anyone. and he was walking to his place not knowing what was awaiting him, not knowing whether he could cross the bridge to get to his place. so, you know, it's hard re
association of police chiefs. we represent law enforcement throughout the united states. this is a critical issue, no matter what size your agency is. if you are a large agency like new york or if you are a one-man police department, the ability to share information and communicate that information in a timely fashion is critical to public safety. we support wholly the efforts to remove the d-block from the auction and to provide that for public safety. what we need to see is leadership, here in washington. you have heard or you will hear from the public safety people who say how important this is that we are able to communicate and not just law enforcement to law enforcement but law enforcement talking to fire services to emergency services people. everyone must be able to communicate. they must be able to talk and send data between each other and it's very important that the people in washington, our leaders and elected officials take a leadership position and provide us with the tools so we can make our communities at home safe. >> thank you, chief lane. i introduce chief bob hendricks.
in the uk, germany and the united states. the allelectric vehicle has the backing of the german government as well as leading energy suppliers. the vehicles are leased to the drivers and, at the end of the year, bmw will take them back, dismantle them to learn how they handled in the real world. the big german carmakers are also working on hybrid vehicles which are much more popular in the united states. >>polleit: i think that people have understood the selling argument of having cars which are environmentally friendly, so sooner or later, the market will bring about these reforms and again, great progress has been made and i think there will be further prress down the road. >>pieper: theyve been forced to believe in it...theres no...theres not the motivation from these companies...theres no real belief in this as a future business ...i think they take they have to do it because e politicians, the consumers, the market. the environment demands it. >>reporter: at theecent frankfurt motor show, the german chancellor herself said that electric and hybrid carsare very much the future and said
the business climate is better in those countries than it is in the united states. >> right. >> my question is if other countries are so much more attractive and business friendly than the united states currently, should we have even greater than 20% exposure to international? >> i waffle over this. 20% is foreign. 10% is gold. that leaves 70% for united states. i am not giving up on this country. we have a lot of great values. remember, many of the s&p stocks and most of the dow stocks are international companies. they will take advantage of exactly what you're talking about. 20% overseas is very high. probably the highest of any money manager i know. that's how far i'm going and not a percent further. i need to go to mitch in south carolina which i call carolina. mitch? >> got a big-time booyah from charleston, south carolina. >> go ahead. >> -- around $40 a share just before the recent push. currently up about 20% and definitely think the stock has more room to run. my question is around the fact that i bought fluor in '09 and don't think it's a trade i can turn into a long-term capital
. >> thanks, mary. >> all right, mary. thank you. biggest business lobby in the united states today attacked the obama administration or nearly every business issue on its agenda and warned they will be out in force in the congressional elections. joining me now for a first on cnbc interview is tom donohue, chamber of commerce president. good to see you, sir. >> thank you. good to be here today. i want to jump in with the question that leaps out at me as you take apart a lot of government policy. is there anything that government does that you, at the chamber like, admire? >> absolutely. we appreciate their education program. we're working with them on the question of immigration. we supported their stimulus program. we helped them with the automobile business. we supported t.a.r.p. we're a supporter of many of the things they're doing to get out of this economic mess and our question is that we need to do two overriding things. one, create 20 million jobs in the next ten years and two, deal with uncertainty which is causing people in companies to wait and not hire. >> that principal uncerta
connell saying that about an african-american candidate for president of the united states, trust me, this chairman and the dnc would be screaming for its head very much as they were with trent lott. >> trent lott was forced to step down as senate majority leader back in 2002, after saying in a public speech essentially the country would have been better off if voters elected strom thurmond in 1998. let's dig deeper with our panel. joining me, soledad o'brien. roland martin. senior political daily writer for the daily beast. wrote an interesting piece about this on the daily beast. if the republican had said this would people be freaking out more? >> absolutely. look, let's be honest about it. there is a double standard. here is the difference when you begin to dig deeper. that is you look at a person's history. you look at also what they said and the context of what they said. and so if you're talking about senator trent lott, when you look at the comment, america would have been better off had he been elected, he ran on a segregation ticket as a dixiecrat. you hear that comment, it
that has to be done and that's what the president of the united states should be doing. if president obama is going to turn those numbers around, even democrats admit he will have to start with the biggest issue here at home. >> this is not seen as president bush's economy but president obama's economy and he needs to focus on jobs, jobs, jobs. >> reporter: that's on the agenda in the days ahead. economists warn unemployment could be at 10% for most of the year. joel brown, cbs news, the white house. >>> we have a developing story from u.s. district court in washington. that's are a grand jury is looking in to to the so-called white house party crashers. irwin gomez, the hotel for mrs. is a hi was expected to testify. he was seen leaving the court this morning. salahi and her husband are accused of crashing the state dinner for the indian prime minister last year. >>> the white house is considering a new tax to be deaf levied on financial institutions. the goal would be to raise more money and ensure that taxpayers, who bailed out banks, are paid back. while most of the big banks are start
and daughters in the united states. the chinese government helps poor students who wish to study in the u.s. chinese students are the second largest group of foreign students nop in the united states, behind those from india. up 21% in the last year. but china wants to bring those students home again. according to ken lieberthal, head of the china center. >> they need scientists. they need people to understand complex systems, engineering and so forth. so they're encouraging students to go abroad where they get entry to major universities in the united states but to go back to china either directly from graduate school or after they worked in the u.s. they see this as a long-term investment to pay off handsomely. >> china's so-called thousand talents plan unveiled last year provides a generous relocation allowance and competitive salaries for researchers and educators to come back to china. until the last decade many students whoe came to the states did not want to go back to china, and now with china as a center of growth highly regarded professionals are considered a trip back to china.
without some of the concerns that you might have as an american citizen in the united states who was under arrest for robbing a convenience store or something strikes me as a pretty wrongheaded way to conduct a war. i am troubled by that and i hope that the administration will move in the direction of clearing up this confusion. i have found from top to bottom in iraq concern among military people about this state of confusion with regard to a detention and attainment. -- detainment. >> i share senator mcconnell concerns. it was very clear that there was uncertainty among our military personnel as to how they are required now and going to be required in the future to deal with the handling of detainees. i wanted to make several points. first, it was very clear that the morale of our troops is very high. we have a tremendous fighting force in afghanistan and a very, very committed american soldiers who are doing their job. one of the impressive things i noted was where our troops have moved into a region. they have been successful in achieving their objective so far. their first objective w
in the united states and the earnings of the big companies that are about to report. in fact, i regard it as an inverse correlation. the more they fire here, the more money they make. and the hirer their stock goes. given that business is so bad in this country and better almost everywhere else, i believe companies will be penalized with lower stock prices if they hire here and will rally if they hire overseas where the growth is. what matters during earning season is less earnings, and right now joblessness equals profits. it's a fact. when it comes to this kind of thing, getting political, making judgments whether it's the congress' fault for making things so darn confusing and difficult for small business, or whether it's the rich moneybag bankers that shouldn't make their pay, maybe they're the problem. all of those things just obscure what we need to think about as investors, which is how much money companies are making from not hiring people. case in point, caterpillar. see that one today? stock folded $3.79. it was a stunning move. a stunning move. talk about a company that's la
auction of votes with his health care legislation in the history of the united states of america. and i think that the decision with regard to senator reid will be made by the voters of nevada. >> it is interesting to note that senator mitch mcconnell, the top republican in the senate was also at that press conference today and deferred when asked about reid, he said that is something the democrats will have to decide. >> it's up to voters in the fall. can reid pull off a comeback? >> the folks who have watched nevada politics for a long time say he's a fighter, he absolutely can do it. we're ten, 11 months out. i talked to dave myers, a political reporter out there, here's what she said about reid's chances. >> i think he's going to have a tough fight. really, the election is ten months out, senator reid is a fighter. it's the narrative on him but it's true. he's known for coming back in the end. and usually elections are won and lost in the final weeks and months. >> and you know, there's that story line about him being a former boxer. they say he's not going down without a fight, he'
that we don't have today. the rest of the world is not waiting around for the united states to act. countries are busy making their own arrangements. with each other and leaving us in the dust, we all know about the political pressure against trade coming from some of our unions. but there is no excuse for america to take a back seat to global leadership and trade. washington is sitting on pending trade agreements with south korea, colombia and panama. if we fail to pass them, we will not only miss opportunities to create new jobs, we will lose a large number of existing jobs. south korea, for example, is ready to proceed with a free trade agreement they have negotiated with the e.u. if the europeans go ahead and we believe they would, about mid year, while we continue to delay, and a very legitimate study, estimated that 350,000 more americans will lose their jobs. with millions of americans already desperate for work, how could any member of congress or the administration sit by and allow this to happen. we must also modernize our export controls, which today caused us billions i
in the united states each day as a result of motor vehicle crashes. in my state of maryland, over the past five years, crashes involving teenagers have claimed 579 lives. over the last decade, you have seen 80,000 deaths in crashes involving teen driving. that is a staggering figure. we invest a lot of resources to fight diseases in this country, as we should. we need to treat this as a public health emergency. these are preventable crashes. we need to rally with the same kind of urgency as we would if you had a disease taking hold on our children. thank you for working with us to pass this legislation, so that we can make sure our teenagers and all our family members are better protected as they head out on the roadways. nobody is invincible. we want to make sure we take every action we can come as a country, to moved in the right direction. thank you. we are very hopeful we can get this legislation moving. as i said, it has bipartisan co- sponsors of. it is common sense. what we need is for all the people who have gathered in this room and throughout the country to recognize that they have an
headlines across the globe. why? because iran blames the united states for it. and the fallout could have an enormous impact on world affairs. turns out the man who died this morning, the professor massoud ali mohammadi was a nuclear scientist, and there is also the issue of the timing, because his murder comes as iran and members of the united nations security council are waiting to see who blinks after both sides threw down ultimatums to each other over the nuclear program. the professor was killed by a remote-controlled bomb. that is something that the government calls obvious assassination. so, who had motive? the regime is placing blame on united states, israel, and its own people on the list of suspects. here is what the iranians said in their own words. they say that the attack, and i will quote here, revealed signs of the involvement of the zionist regime, the u.s. and their allies in iran, end quote. now they vowed to use the murder as a motivation to speed up the nuclear program which is shrouded in secrecy and controversy. iran wants to use nuclear fuel to power a medical react
. whether it is julian bond, whether it's the attorney general of the united states, eric holder, in effect he said, i've known you for a long time, anything that i can do, anyone you want me to talk to, i will be happy to do that i appreciate people writing nice things about me. there's a wonderful editorial in the "l.a. times" today and a number of things on the huffington post. i got a call last night it was night. i was surprised he was up this late from secretary salazar. he said make sure you tell everybody that you have done more for diversity in the senate than all the rest of the people put together. >> sean: the book that started this "game change" they are going to be here you don't want to miss this interview. this isn't reid's first misstep when it comes to race. it seems many of those who preach to us about these issues are some of the worst offenders. prince harry's shocking comments are the lateness a series of intemperate remarks. this isn't the first time he has made racially insensitive comments. >> we've seen it again and again, we like to pretend america's health care c
charged case before the united states supreme court. the debate is whether the government should have power to keep convicted sex offenders behind bars after they've served their time handed down by the judge. united states verse graden come stock, served three years in prison for possession of child porn but the feds designated him as sexually dangerous before he was released from jail and they decided to keep him in a north carolina facility indefinitely for treatment. lower courts ruled that's unconstitutional. molly is live outside the courthouse. break down the government's argument. >> the federal government has the responsibility to be a back stop. people finishing prison terms but likely to perhaps commit in the future what the government calls serious sexual offenses, the government that is responsibility to take them and put them in a civil institution, like a psychiatric hospital, if the states won't and hold them indefinitely. this is allowed by a 2006 law giving the government this power. take a listen. >> it's designed to provide further care and treatment both for the b
is a look at the satellite- radar if the eastern united states. a lot of clouds out there this morning. i think we'll see a fairly decent sunrise but i think we'll see more sunshine in the latter part of the day. current temperatures around the region here in d.c., 30 degrees. 29 out at dulles airport. 28 in baltimore. owe hen city at 28 degrees. in winchest, virginia, it is 26 degrees at this hour. forecast for today looks like this. early morning clouds, afternoon sun, a little more breezy today than it was yesterday. winds will pick up. they will be out of the northwest 10 to 15 miles per hour. we are looking for a high of 36 degrees yet again below normal. more details on the forecast coming up in just a little bit. >> thank you, tony. >> let's check in with julie wright see how traffic is moving early this morning. >> well, we're dealing with a lot of water main breaks right now. if you are eastbound 50 in virginia out in chantilly, that is where we have the water main break. right side of the roadblocked off there. route seven at george mason drive for the water main break. route on
who made these statements be the leader of the united states senate. >> tara, trent lott's statements -- trent lott's -- tara, tara. >> in the same situation. if we have this wonderful moment talking about race -- >> trent lott's statements -- >> we are going to stop here because we're out of time. when we come back on this, tara, there's so many people that want to rebut your rebuttal, we're just go to hold on to the other side. we have opinions and analysis on both sides. we want to hear your opinions as well. go to cnn d.com/larryking. ahead, why did sarah palin call senator biden joe during their debate? it's not what you think. stay with us. that's ahead. okay, class, our special guest is here -- ellen page. hi, ellen! hi, ellen! hi, ellen! hi, ellen! we're going on a field trip to china! wow. [ chuckles ] when i was a kid, we -- we would just go to the -- the farm. [ cow moos ] [ laughter ] no, seriously, where are you guys going? ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao! ni hao!
risk." chuck, what stuns me is the number of united states senators, nelson, conrad, jay rockefeller, daschle, former senator daschle, chuck schumer from new york, all these senators who were for barack obama secretly without -- well, in the case of jay, he came out and said so, all of them for barack obama, is hillary liked in the senate or not? what's the story? >> now, look, i think, remember, at the time this was all happening, it's sort of there were two campaigns, right? there was the early clinton campaign in '06, frankly, and early '07, that was trying to lock this up so that an alternative to hillary couldn't get any traction and it wasn't there. remember what happened early on. she only could get about a dozen senators early on. she only could get about 200 superdelegates early on. then everybody else stayed neutral, waiting to see how things played out. that's where obama was able to pull this off. but it was -- i mean, it was something i think we all saw was potentially out there. they all came. daschle made this happen. i remember senator after senator, it started with c
. but the ambassador to the united states has called it a catastrophe of major proportions. it measured seven or 7.3, centered near the capital, port- au-prince, and followed by two large aftershocks. reports speak of a hospital collapsing and a number of houses destroyed. a local tsunami warning for haiti, cuba, the bahamas, and the dominican republic. we will get more on that as soon as we can. i think we now have our correspondent at davis on the line from jamaica. >> it seems -- nick davis on the line from jamaica. the >> it seems that it is measured on the richter scale over seven. people are saying that houses toppled, the quake lasted for over a minute. now people are trying to rescue those who have been affected. there have been two aftershocks, which were at least five of the scale of magnitude. we do know that they are using anything they can get their hands on to try to rcue those who are trapped, including farm equipment. >> help us put this in context, i think they are 2.5 to 3 million people living in port- au-prince, but haiti was hit very recently. >> that is right, only in 2008, i
in the democratic nomination fight. she was so confident she would be president of the united states, that she started a detailed rigorous transition effort. >> mark, i want you to -- you're a clinton expert. you've been covering them since they first arrived on the national scene. everyone sees you as the real clinton experts. what did this tell you, that moment on television with tim russert there. asking that tough question. her not really able to decide on her answer. what did that tell you about her as a front-runner? >> you saw so much going on there. a rich video segment, a scene we tried to recreate in the book. chris dodd playing a role there. i would see the importance of that. is that dodd had not done very much to speak up against hillary clinton. a lot of his advisers we report in the book were very anti-clinton. urged him to go after hillary. he wouldn't. the one time he did in any significant way was in that debate. if he hadn't stepped up and spoken and called her on it and said wait a minute, hillary, you seem to be giving two different answers, this could have well turned out
, it is mysterious. the government immediately blamed the united states and israel for being behind this assassination. they say that the professor was a nuclear physicist and that by assassinating him, the west wanted to undermine the iranian nuclear program. on the other hand, opposition supporters of the opposition presidential candidate say that the professor was a supporter of the opposition. that he was a member of academics that supported him during the election. at the same time, we have received reports that a small, pro markey group has accepted responsibility for this asssination. so, we know that there was an assassination, we know that this man was a professor, that is all. we know very little else. >> what is the implication of this assassination? on the broader picture of relations with tehran and nuclear program discussions? >> of course no supporters are saying that he was a member of the opposition that was assassinated. they may not implicate the government, but they will imply it. the iranian government insists that he was a nuclear physicist. do not forget that
by health care experts like you. i cannot understand how the united states is spending twice as much capita as any other country in the world. whether it is a single payer, like canada, or countries with universal, regulated insurance, such as the netherlands, switzerland, and we are still paying twice as much? i can only contribute it to the fact that our congress is so financially corrupt. host: drew armstrong, help jack understand this. guest: he is right, on a per- capita basis, we spend more money than just about any other nation, and we get less. from a financial standpoint dancand care standpoint, our heh care programs are disappointed. -- disjointed. part of that reason is because we do not have a centralized health care system. it is a fragmented collection of many elements. to even call it a health care system it is something of a leap. we are not pouring all this money back into the people who already have care. a huge amount of this is going to care for about 35 million who do not have care, so we will be bringing people into this "system." the idea is to get the per capita spen
, to governor, to candidate for vice president of the united states of america. and here's the great part. if any of those gigs stop advancing you to the next level, just quit. it's not like she swore an oath or -- anywho. five, embrace the media, and then -- this is key -- claim to hate it. here's how it works. you give interviews to the media so you can criticize the media so you can give interviews to the media so you can criticize the media so i can give interviews to the media so you can criticize the media until you finally criticize the media so much you wind up as the media. and then everybody wins. >> you betcha. >> you betcha! >> thank you very much, kent. appreciate it. it's a whole new world. >>> that about does it for us tonight. see you again tomorrow night. "hardball" is next. good night. >>> a failure to communicate. let's play "hardball." >>> good evening, i'm chris matthews and leading off in delaware, for harry, the new book "game change" the one that has made the world most curious is how he talked about no dark skin and talking with a negro dialect, and my question is
are about 600 miles. one of the largest congressional districts in the united states. some people said you haven't done enough town hall meetings on this since april 2 we have concentrated most of our town hall meetings, conferences on health care. everything from indian river to wmmu when we did simultaneous radio and tv in september. below the bridge. all the way through january 7 up here in houghton. we do these telephone town hall meetings. first week in february, probably the first wednesday are the next one. you can sign up to be on it. fill out the orange card. we'll get you on those calls. as know, i'm chairman of oversight and investigations of the energy and commerce committee. i'm starting my fourth year of investigation into the insurance industry. interest i have always had but underneath our charge of our committee these are some of the hearings we had. medicare advantage which you'll hear about tonight. predatory sales practice. may 15, 2008, we did nursing home standards. we passed the nursing home standard law 25 years ago. never had a hearing on it. we had the first one.
. there is a local tsunami warning in effect. here in the united states, president obama released a statement saying, "my thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this earthquake. we are closely monitoring the situation and stand ready to assist the people of haiti." a very difficult situation, brian. >> indeed. ron allen getting us started in our new york newsroom, thanks. >>> tomorrow marks the first public meeting of what's called the financial crisis inquiry commission. a panel set up by congress a lot like the 9/11 commission was to get to the bottom of last year's financial meltdown. the ceos of the biggest banks will be there just as they are about to reward their employees with what could be some record-breaking bonuses. cnbc's david faber here in washington to cover everything that happens tomorrow is here with us tonight. i heard somebody say today for the banking industry, this is like the start of the old watergate hearings, correct or hyperbole? >> perhaps a bit of hyperbole, but no doubt tomorrow when you have lloyd bank, john mack, jamie dimon and the new ceo of bank america a
than two weeks, the united states has been focused on the terror threat from yemen following the christmas day bombing attempt on a u.s. jetliner. but tonight, the war in afghanistan is back at the center of the news, and the news is not good. six nato troops including three americans were killed today. making it the deadliest day for the expanding international force in two months. a u.s. military spokesman said that the americans died during the patrol in southern afghanistan. as the u.s. troop surge continues in afghanistan, the top american commander says he believes the larger force is turning the tide against the taliban. but afghanistan is also becoming increasingly deadly. today's losses brought to at least ten the number of u.s. troops killed there so far this year. an average of almost one service member each day. for more about the situation in afghanistan, we are joined once again tonight by the noted national security analyst anthony cortesman who is with the center for strategic and international studies. thank you very much for joining us on the program. so tod
in afghanistan by the united states with more awareness within afghanistan on our shortfalls and shortcomings and the requirements for a better afghanistan. >> part of the opposition of the united states was americans are losing their lives. and we know afghan security forces and civilians are losing their lives, too. but americans are losing their live lives when corruption is undermining the objective. >> the objective is here, indeed. corruption is there in afghanistan. corruption is undermining our government, our society, and we must continue to work against it. i as the president of afghanistan am responsible and must take care of the afghan part of corruption. within the afghan community. >> when you went to helen we were told it was rocket fueled gun fire that was fired at you. how many assassination attempts? >> i don't know, maybe three, four. not much. >> when the u.s. pushes you to go out more in the country? >> the afghan people want to see more of their country. it's a good thing. for me to be with the afghan people is great, great joy. if that means taking a risk, i must take i
simply was not ready to be president of the united states. it was not his turn. watch. >> his view was that obama was not ready to be president, that he wasn't experienced enough, that he didn't understand policy well enough. he thought it wasn't his turn. when obama beat hillary in iowa and the democratic party started to coalesce around obama, he kon he couldn't believe it. he got on the phone with kennedy a few days after iowa and got into a heated argument. >> the whole town in the book about what happened in iowa when hillary clinton did lose in iowa, bill clinton was watching a bowl game and in comes terry mcauliff and says how are we doing? we're getting killed. we're coming in third, behind edwards and bill was stunned and essentially said now i'm in and he started asserting himself. >> hillary thought that the election, the caucuses were stolen by out of state voters and that's where it went. >> the interesting thing that a lot of people are wondering where the clinton machine is with all of this because usually they would be armed and ready to go the minute that there wo
industry in state and local officials to make driving in the united states is the safest in the world. one of the greatest threats on the road today is distracted driving. anyone using a cell phone a texting while driving or taking their eyes off the road for even a second is a menace to others. we are working hard to raise awareness about this problem and take direct actions to combat it. our research shows in 2008 nearly 6,000 people died in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver and more than half a million were injured. that is unacceptable. we are greiling kurds to see this year's roadmap now includes destructed driving for the first time is one of its key measures of traffic safety for each state. let me highlight howie atia tr addressing this problem. first for presidential action. through executive order on september 30th president obama directed federal employees not to engage in texting while driving a government owned vehicles when using government supplied electronic equipment or while driving privately owned vehicles on official government business. the departmen
to this closing debate among the candidates for next week's elections to the united states senate. tuesday will be a crucial time here in massachusetts. voters will go to the polls and select a person who may well determine the outcome of a long fight over health care legislation in washington. at stake it well is jobs, energy, the environment, abortion, the war's oversea. we have much to talk about. moreover, the candidates are seeking to fill a seat that is legendary in american politics. among the giants of the past, ted kennedy and his brother john, to henry cabot lodge, charge sumner, daniel webster, and john quincy adams. those are some shoes to fill. this debate is sponsored by the edward m. kennedy institute for the united states senate. where it gathered at the boston campus of the university of massachusetts, on whose land the kennedy institute will eventually be built. in an order determined by lottery, let me introduce the three candidates that are with us. scott brown, the republican candidate, is in his third term in the state senate welcoming -- representing the north folk d
-year course until it damages the liver. in the united states alone there are 3 million people and there are 150,000 people that have failed previous therapy. so they're waiting for new therapies to come along. >> because the current drugs make them feel so sick. >> they do, and they only get a 40%, 45% chance of a cure. >> you will have major data rolling out throughout this year on the drug that you have in late-stage development and you plan to file for fda approval of it. >> second half. >> in the second half of this year. merck is on the heels. is it going to come down to white house drug is better, us who drug is safer? >> i can't predict the future. the drug has been consist nept clinical trials. we plan to launch the drug some time in the first half of next year and works really well in those patients who have failed therapy on the current therapies. >> as i mentioned at the outset. you also have a drug in late-stage development for cystic fibrosis. investors are so focused on this hepatitis c drug. >> cystic fibrosis is a real problem. it's smaller than the people with
who are running this country to include the president of the united states, to include democrats on the hill, to include members of the congressional black caucus who are saying, look, this man -- yes, he said the wrong things, but this man gets a grade a for his work in -- on issues of race and the urban community. so, it's one hand may outweigh the other. i don't know. but inartful, yes. it's an issue of race that's very sensitive. >> it certainly dates him. >> reporter: yes. >> chris, let's look at some of the democratic and republican response. here is senator ensign, who really is splitting with the republican demands for his head. watch. >> the democrats, i thought, were really wrong a few years ago, with an they did to trent lott, and we shouldn't -- you know, we shouldn't do the same thing to senator reid. >> of course, ensign has problems of his own. may not be the best example. >> context does matter. >> the first democrat to really split rank, elected democrat. let's watch what russ feingold had to say. >> very unfortunate. should never have been said. i really am disa
's not going to happen. why? number one, the president of the united states, the leader of the party, the most important figurehead, says he accepts reid's apology, and doesn't feel anything more should occur. african-american community seems to have accepted reid's apology, is not pressing for him to be subjected to anything else. and, lastly, the leadership in both parties is standing behind him. so, those three portions of the party solidly in support of harry reid, it doesn't look like much will occur. keep in mind, even if you want to get procedural, harry reid does control what comes to the floor, being the leader of the democratic party in the senate. so, it remains unclear how much exactly, if someone like russ feingold wanted to censure or something of that sort, how much they could possibly do. >> a lot has been said about the double standard between the democrats and republicans when it comes to the topic of race, specifically referring back to then senator trent lott and the comments he made about strom thurman at the time. this weekend the republican national chairman, michael ste
, to mayor, to governor, to candidate for vice president of the united states of america. and here's the great part. if any of those gigs stop advancing you to the next level, just quit. it's not like she swore an oath or -- anywho. embrace the media. then -- this is key -- claim to hate it. here's how it works. you give interviews to the media so you can criticize the media so you can give interviews to the media so you can criticize the media so i can give interviews to the media so you can criticize the media until you finally criticize the media so much you wind up as the media. and then everybody wins. >> you betcha. >> you betcha! >> thank you very much, kent. appreciate it. it's a whole new world. >>> that about does it for us tonight. see you again tomorrow night. "countdown" begins right now. have a good one. >>> which of these stories will you be talking about tomorrow? the defense of harry reid? >> there's nothing mean-spirited in what he had to say. >> the majority leader goes before the cameras for the first time since his comments about president obama's race became p
plans ahead of next year's elections. bbc news. >> iran has blamed israel and the united states for the murder of a physics professor in tehran. iranian state television says dr. masoud ali mohammadi was killed by a bomb as he left home. our iran correspondent is currently in london and it is trying to untangle the day's events. >> unusually for iran, pictures and details of the killing emersed very quickly. -- emerged very quickly. it appears masoud ali mohammadi, at tehran university academic, was leaving for work this morning when a bomb exploded. it was either planted on a motorbike or in a rubbish bin. >> it was 7:30 when i heard a massive explosion and the building shook strongly. i thought it was an earthquake. i went inside and i saw chaos in the street. everywhere there was smoke. >> iranian media were also quick to identify him as a nuclear scientist. they said he was alleles' servant of the islamic revolution his death could -- they said he was allele servant of the islamic revolution and his death could be a blow to the nuclear program. >> and sends a clear message t
's comparable to the size of the state of texas. my unit is spread about half of the state of texas, which is the first for a brigade combat team. i tell you, we approached our mission through embedding and partnering with numerous army, afghan police, and border police units. it's a much less traditional mission than other u.s. brigade combat teams operating in previous deployments. our overall purpose, as i said, is to increase the capability and capacity of our afghan security forces by training, advising, conduct combined planning and conducting combined action operations. >>> senator republican leader, mitch mcconnell, is just back from a trip to pakistan and afghanistan. his take, far from speaking to reporters this morning, mcconnell faulted the obama administration for what he calls operational confusion over what to do with detained terrorists. he says the problem is the u.s. and nato have different standards of detention. he also says u.s. troops should remain in country until the afghan forces are capable of taking the fight to taliban. >>> cold wave so bad they are even shiveri
bring in former comptrolle general of the united states, david walker. mr. walker is the author of a new book, "comeback america turning the country around and restoring fiscal responsibility." mr. walker, great to have you with us tonight. >> good to be back with you, ed. >> you bet. jpmorgan's ceo jamie diamond says he's tired of employees being vilified over bonuses. he says, "impea a little tired of the constantvillification of these people. this is not a casino." what's your response? >> obviously there is a lot of concern among the public with regard to very large bonuses being received by wall street especially with regard to some concerns that ended up taking taxpayer assistance. in some cases they paid it back but they didn't seem to learn much of a lesson. as you know, ed, my book's not about the current problems with regard to wall street, it is about the federal government's in worst shape than wall street and we are not doing anything about it. >> still, i want to get your take on this. this is mr. feinberg today, the pay czar, talking about these bonuses that are being paid
rose. >> rose: we begin tonight with an ongoing look at the united states intelligence community. over the weekend c.i.a. director leon panetta publicly defended his agent industry criticism over last month's suicide attack in afghanistan that killed seven of his employees. in an editorial in the "washington post," panetta dismissed claims that agents had practiced poor trade craft. the public defse came days after president obama acknowledged security missteps that led to al qaeda's attempt to bring down a u.s. airliner on christmas day. in addition, the military's highest-ranking intelligence officer in afghanistan released a critical self-assessment last week. major general michael flynn wrote that analysis was unable to understand and answer fundamental questions about the war. joining me now from washington, david ignatius, he's a columnist in for the "washington post." he also covers the intelligence community and writing novels about it. in berkeley, california, bob baer, former c.i.a. officer. in new york, mark mazzetti of the "new york times." he covers national security issue
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